Research Assistant (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

May 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: This Research Assistant position will assist in completing polymerase chain reactions (PCR) for detecting infectious agents like viruses and bacteria in samples submitted to the KSVDL for evaluation. This position will involve assisting in the preparation of chemicals and reagents in a molecular biology laboratory, recovering nucleic acids from veterinary clinical samples, completing real-time and traditional PCR assays using standard protocols, being able to successfully complete proficiency testing, and assisting in maintaining records and equipment. In addition, this position is also responsible in assisting with SOP review and preparation, training new student employees, and engaging rotating interns as needed. This is an essential position and may require variable work schedules, depending on workload.  Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at  Job Description:
  • Handling and processing of veterinary samples submitted to the veterinary diagnostic laboratory (KSVDL) and assist in recovering nucleic acids
  • Prepare media, controls, reagents, etc. used in the laboratory
  • Complete real-time and traditional PCR assays using standard protocols
  • Inventory, order supplies and reagents, and provide record keeping for accounting
  • Periodically update records/logs related to primer probe information and other reagents information as needed
  • Assist in master mix preparation and maintaining records and equipment
  • Perform quality control checks daily and weekly per AAVLD requirements
  • Participate in formal proficiency testing programs specific to the testing methods used within the laboratory
  • Assist in completing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detecting infectious agents like viruses and bacteria in samples submitted to the KSVDL for evaluation
  • Assist with SOP reviews, preparation and updates
  • Provide assistance to clients as needed
  • Participate in student employee and other rotating intern-training activities
Required Minimum Qualifications: BS degree or higher in biology or related science field  Preferred Qualifications:   Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit an application along with a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.   Screening of Applications Begins: Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 16.38 - $ 27.85 per hour Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.